SDSU student found with arsenal

by Staff


Antonio Zaragoza, Editor in Chief

J. Hutton Marshall, Managing Editor

A San Diego State student was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and weapons charges during an undercover police operation targeting underage drinking. David Robert Moore III, 20, was approached by undercover police officers that were conducting a sting operation at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the CVS/pharmacy store on El Cajon Boulevard and 62nd Street.

In a television interview, SDSU Police Department Capt. Lamine Secka said undercover police officers approached Moore and noticed the butt of a rifle in his trunk. Upon closer inspection, a cache of weapons comprised of one handgun, one shotgun and seven rifles was discovered. A military knife, gasoline and ammunition were also found in the trunk. One rifle, fitted with a scope, had been modified illegally in three different ways.

“It’s certainly something you don’t see everyday,” Secka said regarding the large amount of weaponry in Moore’s possession.

According to Secka, the presence of a variety of ammunition was concerning to SDSUPD, because it shows Moore likely intended to fire the weapons.

“We’re still trying to investigate what his motives were and why he has these items,” Secka said.

Police said Moore was arrested after failing a Breathalyzer test and was also cited for having a fake ID card. While nearly all the weapons in his possession were legal, some students found the number of weapons in his pos- session—especially the illegally modified sniper rifle—very disconcerting.

“I think that it’s crazy that a 20-year-old kid has a bunch of rifles in his trunk for just going to the grocery store. It doesn’t make any sense,” SDSU student Jessica Killian said. “He has a fake ID like he’s planning on doing some- thing—who knows what? It’s kind of scary.”

Moore posted $2,000 of his $20,000 bail the following morning.

The bail was set based on dol- lar amounts associated with each of Moore’s charges. Regarding whether or not Moore is under any kind of surveillance, Secka was not allowed to say.

“If he is, I can’t comment on it,” Secka said.

Moore is scheduled to appear in court on Monday at 1:30 p.m. He has no prior arrests.

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